University of Michigan Students

Current University of Michigan Students

Cadets train in the poolIf you are a current University of Michigan undergraduate or graduate student with at least two full academic years remaining before completion of your degree, you may qualify for a 4, 3 or 2-year Army ROTC program. Which program you enter through will be determined by your academic level.

If you are just starting your freshman year at U of M you will have the option of completing ROTC in 4, 3 or 2 years.

If you are just entering your sophomore year you can complete ROTC in 3 or 2 years.

University of Michigan students take Army ROTC courses for many reasons. Some just want to know more about the Army and learn what it is to be a commissioned officer. Some have already decided to earn their commission as a second lieutenant by participating actively in our program. But, regardless of your particular situation, starting Army ROTC at U of M as a freshman or sophomore is as easy as signing up for any other elective course at the University of Michigan. Simply add a section of either MS 101 (freshman level) or MS 201 (sophomore level) for the fall semester, or MS 102 or MS 202 respectively for the spring semester. You can enroll for one or two credits for each 100 or 200 level course. These are elective credits that will apply to your Michigan degree. If you are unfamiliar with our programs and are just taking the class, you should take it for one credit. If you are applying for an Army ROTC scholarship, or are relatively certain you will be seeking a commission through our program, you should enroll for two credits. The second credit is for the lab that meets every week on Thursday from 3:30-5:30. Only active cadets seeking a commission will participate in the Tuesday lab. Once enrolled in one of these Military Science electives you can take your time to become familiar with the different Army ROTC options available. You are under no obligation by simply taking the elective classes. If at any time you choose to become an active cadet in order to seek a commission, just let us know and well start working on getting you qualified.

If you are a freshman or sophomore and have already completed your class schedule for the coming semester, you can add a Military Science class at any time until the completion of the drop/add period.

If you are in your second semester of your sophomore year or you have less than 3 years remaining at U of M you will be completing one of the two-year ROTC programs. The 3-year program compresses the first and second year requirements into one year. The 2-year programs offer different ways to earn credit constructive for the first two-years of ROTC.

Simultaneous Membership Program (SMP)

Simultaneous Membership Program (SMP)If you are a current University of Michigan freshman or sophomore you can opt to enlist in the Michigan Army National Guard and remain in the Guard while you complete your degree. You can concurrently earn your commission as an officer through the Army ROTC Simultaneous Membership Program (SMP). You can enlist in the Guard and attend your required training during the summer after your freshman or sophomore year. Upon your return to campus you can elect to enter the SMP program. Once you have completed Basic Training and Advanced Individual Training (AIT) you will be qualified in your selected Military Occupational Specialty (MOS). Most MOSs carry with them substantial cash bonuses. The first installment of the bonus (usually 50%) is paid upon becoming MOS qualified. Once MOS qualified you will be entitled to the Montgomery GI Bill (Selected Reserve) which pays $309 per month while you complete your degree as a full-time student. If you decide to commit to staying in the Guard upon commissioning, you can also apply for an additional $350 per month kicker to the GI Bill. As a member of the Michigan National Guard you will be entitled to $4500 per year Federal Tuition Assistance (FTA) and $2000 per year in State tuition reimbursement. This takes care of $6500 of your annual tuition. In addition to the GI Bill, FTA and State tuition reimbursement, you'll receive compensation of $302.60 for your one weekend per month drill and approximately $1500 for your 15 days of annual training each summer. As an ROTC SMP cadet, you will receive a monthly subsistence allowance of $350 your sophomore year, $450 your junior year and $500 your senior year. All benefits are tax free. Drill pay and annual training pay are considered compensation and are taxed.

So, let's do the math. Here is benefit package for a typical MOS qualified Michigan National Guard SM cadet at the University of Michigan:

Benefit Package Allowance/Compensation Type Amount

GI Bill (SR) $309/month
GI Bill Kicker $350/month
ROTC allowance (junior year) $450/month
Drill Pay $250/month $309 + $350+$250 = $909 per month cash 10 academic months x $909 = $9,090 per year cash
$4500 (FTA) + $2000 (State reimb.) = $6500 towards tuition each year
Cash enlistment bonus $20,000 (Multiple MOS's) 10,000 paid one time after MOS qual. (50%)
Total annual value at U of M = $19,090 w/out kicker, $22,590 with kicker

For more information on the SMP program at the University of Michigan contact MAJ Alex Garn, (734) 647-3038 or send a request for information.

Leaders Training Course (LTC)

If you have at least 2 full years remaining in your college career, you can choose to attend a summer program called Leader's Training Course. The Leader's Training Course (LTC) is a 28-day training and leader development program at Fort Knox, Kenturcky. It is a prerequisite for the Army ROTC 2-year program for anyone without prior military service. By completing LTC, students earn credit for the first two years of Army ROTC. This enables them to enter directly into the ROTC Advanced Course and earn a commission as an officer in the Army, Army Reserve, or National Guard upon completing their degree at U of M.

LTC Requirements

Apply between December and April
begins around the 1st of June

Summer 2014 LTC Dates

1st Cycle: 11 June - 9 July
2nd Cycle: 11 June - 9 July
3rd Cycle: 15 June - 13 July
4th Cycle: 15 June - 13 July
5th Cycle: 19 June - 17 July
6th Cycle: 19 June - 17 July
7th Cycle: 23 June - 21 July
8th Cycle: 23 June - 21 July
9th Cycle: 28 June - 26 July
10th Cycle: 28 June - 26 July
11th Cycle: 2 July - 30 July
12th Cycle: 2 July - 30 July
13th Cycle: 6 July - 3 August
14th Cycle: 6 July - 3 August
15th Cycle: 11 July - 8 August

Contact Mr. Wayne Doyle, Operations Officer, at the Department of Military Science at the University of Michigan to confirm eligibility and make your training reservation. Phone: (734) 647-3038 or send an email via our contact form.